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Cooking with Collin: Squash Hash with Chicken, Apples and Bacon (+ Food Talk!)

Squash Hash with Chicken, Apples and Bacon

Ingredients

  • 1/2 of a large butternut squash, cubed
  • 1 medium onion chopped
  • 1 to 2 applies diced
  • 2 large chicken breasts, cut into small chunks and pan-fried with coconut oil
  • coconut oil (or any other oil you prefer)
  • crumbled bacon, cooked
  • salt & Pepper

Directions

1

Set your oven to broil.

2

Add the cubed butternut squash on a cookie sheet. I added some coconut oil too. Let broil for about 10 to 15 minutes. Make sure to stir every couple of minutes. Take out when brown spots start to form.

3

While the squash is cooking, heat a spoonful of coconut oil in a skillet over medium heat.

4

Add in the chopped onions and stir occasionally until they are softened and starting to brown a little.

5

Place all of the ingredients (butternut squash, diced apples, cooked chicken, and bacon) into the skillet with the onions. Then make sure to season with salt and pepper to your liking.

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So, as you can see from the title of this post, this is not going to be a post about printing a coupon, scoring an online bargain or snagging an in-store deal… but hey, it’s my site, right?! πŸ™‚ I actually want to share what I cooked up for dinner tonight and discuss how I’ve been eating for the past month.

You see, back in North Carolina I was dealing with… well, the craziness of moving across the country and for months I didn’t seem to have the motivation to cook. I am going to be very honest and state that I relied way too heavily on frozen pizza and any other easy to prepare packaged item that I had a coupon for. Yes, we were not eating by any means very healthy. I know that, trust me!

Well, fast forward to now and I am so stinkin’ proud of myself! Since the move, I have gotten way more motivated to be in the kitchen cookin’ again. I’m even having fun doing it and getting the kiddos involved.

As I’ve stated in a previous post, I’ve started eating a primarily Paleo/Primal diet. Just google these terms and tons of info will come up online. Basically I have cut out all grains, sugar and dairy products (although, I am still using a little heavy cream for my coffee). I now eat tons of veggies, fruits, nuts, meat, chicken and fish.

I feel so good. My energy is up and to be quite honest, my issues with digestion and constipation have pretty much cleared up. Don’t you just love how I feel open enough to talk about practically anything?! πŸ˜‰

…And eating this way has really motivated me in the kitchen. It’s fun coming up with creative ways to make Paleo friendly meals. I have tried so many new veggies and learned to prepare them in various ways.

So tonight, check out what I cooked with Butternut squash (one of my new favorite veggies)…

I am going to call this – Squash Hash with Chicken, Apples and Bacon! Yum!


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Squash Hash with Chicken, Apples and Bacon

Yummy squash hash for your busy weeknights!

Ingredients

  • 1/2 of a large butternut squash, cubed
  • 1 medium onion chopped
  • 1 to 2 applies diced
  • 2 large chicken breasts, cut into small chunks and pan-fried with coconut oil
  • coconut oil (or any other oil you prefer)
  • crumbled bacon, cooked
  • salt & Pepper

Directions

1

Set your oven to broil.

2

Add the cubed butternut squash on a cookie sheet. I added some coconut oil too. Let broil for about 10 to 15 minutes. Make sure to stir every couple of minutes. Take out when brown spots start to form.

3

While the squash is cooking, heat a spoonful of coconut oil in a skillet over medium heat.

4

Add in the chopped onions and stir occasionally until they are softened and starting to brown a little.

5

Place all of the ingredients (butternut squash, diced apples, cooked chicken, and bacon) into the skillet with the onions. Then make sure to season with salt and pepper to your liking.

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Hip Tip: You can make this a breakfast meal by substituting the chicken with scrambled eggs.


Also, if you are trying to kick the soda habit or drink less soda, then you should definitely try out this super simple, but yet so refreshingΒ  beverage that only requires 3 ingredients…

Ingredients:
club soda or sparkling water
fresh lemons or limes
A few drops of liquid stevia

So refreshing and so much better for ya than soda!

If this is something that interests you all, I would love to start sharing Paleo/Primal friendly recipes on a more regular basis.

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Comments 187

  1. Marissa

    Where do you buy the liquid stevia? and how much is it! We are trying to quit soda so keep the soda substitutions coming!!!

    • Jessie

      You can click on “liquid stevia” in blue above, as it will take you to Amazon.com where it shows the price and reviews. Hope this helps.

    • Michelle

      A lot of grocery stores are carrying stevia now. Try somewhere like Trader Joes too.

  2. virginia

    Hey – I just got Nutiva Organic Extra Virgin Coconut Oil, 15-Ounce tubs (Pack of 2) in Amazon for $12.15 shipped using the subscribe and save option and the NUTIVJAN code!

  3. Angie

    Any suggestions on how to get great deals on healthy, fresh foods w/o having a Kroger, etc. nearby? I would love to see some deals just for this – if time allowed. The best thing near me is Publix, which doesn’t double coupons.

    Even a section for healthier eating tips would be great. Has anyone tried making mashed “potatoes” using cauliflower? I might have to try this one on DH πŸ˜‰

    Since I got back into couponing a few months ago, I have noticed that although we always have food now, it’s not good food. I mentioned this a couple weeks ago to my husband as we were making out our grocery list from the deals I had gathered (frozen pizza, Hot Pockets, etc.). Even tonight as I was looking for a healthy snack, I found there weren’t many choices besides candy, chips, popcorn, cookies. My kids are picky and we all have different likes/dislikes, so it’s hard enough putting together a meal everyone will enjoy w/o having to make an alternative for at least one of us. I have a hard time getting them to try new foods, also. With both of us working two jobs (and a very tight budget) it is so much easier to throw together a meal rather than cook from scratch. I hate to admit that we have a pantry and freezer full of “junk” right now. Today, when my youngest son complained that we only had healthy cereal and he would just skip breakfast, I realized we had to make a change.

    • Myranda b.

      Angie I have tried mashed potatoes with cauliflower on some Very picky kids and they didn’t even notice. Try it, I started out with like 60/40 split

    • Summer

      Angie – two of my three kids are super picky eaters and my youngest refused to even try anything. I started a “new foods” chart – we write the new foods in a notebook and after they try a bite they tell me what they think and I write it on the paper. They are actually starting to try things and figure out they actually like some of them πŸ™‚ We also do “bite art” sometime if they really fight eating – every time they take a bit I draw another piece of some design. The other day we drew a girl…a swingset..whatever works. It obviously takes some time, but I’m hoping I will have better eaters after a while – without all the effort. Now if I could just get my husband to like more veggies……

    • Debi

      I always tell couponers in classes that you are saving your budget on personal care items and some ‘ingredient’ type of products so that’s where you have the extra $ for produce. Also. Here’s a simple change. Steam or poach your food. I no longer EVER saute (which uses oil which is always fattening) I use my husbands old teeshirts (which were always bleached) cut to large squares. Dampen the cloth, wrap the food and micorwave. (play with the time to figure out how long, it usually takes 8 minutes for a family serving of fresh veges). I do this for soup as well as side dishes.
      Also, instead of sauteing chicken, I poach it. Sometimes in veg broth! I do this when I make like pasta or stir fry where chicken is an ingredient.

    • Angie

      Thanks for the ideas and suggestions! This past week we made a new recipe that failed miserably, but they at least tried it. My boys do like cauliflower and broccoli, which is a big help. One of them does not like potatoes, unless it’s a chip or fry so I’ll try mashed potatoes the alternative way. I have switched to applesauce for baking in place of eggs or oil and there wasn’t a big difference in taste. We’ve never cared for many fried foods so I bake or steam everything I can. The more I think about our current eating habits, the more I realize we need to change – both sides of my family have a history of different cancers and most of my mom’s family has digestive problems (diverticulitis). I wonder if Collin had any idea the impact she would have on others as she was posting this recipe. Keep them coming πŸ™‚

  4. Christine

    That looks delicious! πŸ™‚ Did you add any other herbs/spices, or just the salt and pepper?

  5. Christy

    I would love to see more recipes! Glad that it is working for you! I basically eat paleo due to digestive issues and food intolerances (I can’t process sugars but stevia is fine) the sugars include natural sugars such as fructose, lactose and wheat type of sugars. It’s very limiting and I have to be creative too.

    I have for the most part eliminated processed food from my family. A few years ago I lived on freebies and cheap-o processed food for the family (we loved it at the time) but after learning so much about the ingredients and how it affects our bodies and especially children I did a 180. I buy mostly organic when possible, make most things from scratch. Totally changed our lives for the better.

    Yes, I do spend WAY more on my grocery budget. And things were extremely tight I didn’t think it possible but I find cooking from scratch is pretty economical vs. buying organic processed foods.

    It has for me been in stages (for the family, I can handle most anything). I just recently “kicked it up a notch” by trying to go more traditional cooking (based off the book Nourishing Traditions). I have learned alot about using coconut flour, almond flour and flax. One thing I do to save money is buy the raw almonds (no oils), I have found them at Walgreens and Big Lots fairly cheap and grind them into flour/meal in my food processor.

  6. Mary

    I love this. I’ve been looking for new healthy recipes lately. This is great.

  7. Denise

    I love all these posts. I find that a crockpot can be a great way to choose good, but inexpensive cuts of meat. There are tons of recipes on the internet that will help. I try to eat clean, which is a lot like the Paleo diet. Don’t forget the library is a great source of free cookbooks for whatever type of plan you want to follow. Since I’ve been out of work for 3 years now, i go to the library once a week and get cookbooks, and dvd’s. One of the authors I like for clean eating is Tosca Reno. I love this site Collin, thanks for all you do!

  8. StaceyS

    Wow I have been doing some research on the Paleo diet and have been thinking about starting it myself. I have not known anyone on the diet and this is wonderful that you are having good results so far. I have some digestion issues myself and I would be interested in any information and/or recipes you can share. Thanks so much!

  9. April

    Hi, I would love recipes. Im starting the diet this week, Im so excited to hear your doing it!! Have you ever looked on the Nom Nom Paleo site? Tons of recipes!

  10. Jenny

    Collin, I *love* this idea! I would also be interested in learning more about how you are able to save money on fresh (organic) ingredients. We’ve completely switched up our diet as well, and now that most of our food is organic produce (nothing processed or boxed) our grocery budget has totally sky-rocketed! (Granted, we do realize that the point is to live healthier lives, and in theory we will basically get our money back in terms of health).

    I appreciate that you are keeping things relevant as well! As much as we all love a deal, I think we (nationally) are on the cusp of a renaissance of sorts when it comes to the foods we eat. It’s exciting to see more and more people really questioning and thinking critically about the foods they put in their bodies.

    Bravo on your desire to cook healthfully for your family. It *does* take so much more time and effort, but is totally worth the end result!

  11. Tania

    I lost 22lbs, Ive been doing Paleo since Dec 1st! Very encouraging to see one of my favorite coupon sites mixing my two favorite things. Thanks for sharing, please continue to do so and I am definately going to try this hash it looks YUMMY!

  12. Michelle

    It’s hard to “save” when you are eating healthy. I always pass up on the junk food coupons. I live in central PA and we have a co-op farm here. You basically work 6 hours a week and get your share of everything grown. In the winter I have to get all my fruits and veggies from the farmers market.

  13. Heather

    Congratulations on healthy eating! I suffered from digestive issues for years too but once I started regular exercise (I now run about 20 miles a weekK) and eating tons of fruits, veggies, nuts, lean cuts of meat, and complex carbs (whole grains only) those issues went away! πŸ™‚ I also cut way back on sugar and now bake many things with either stevia, raw honey, or raw agave. I started to make my own granola and baked oatmeal for the kids along with homemade granola bars and engery bites.

  14. Dorinne

    I’d love to see more recipes using fruits and veggies. We’ve been making an effort to eat healthier and I’m taking a nutrition class as part of my nursing studies this semester. We had to bring in 2 food labels this week and my professor was shocked at what I eat. A snickers bar for lunch and a cookie for dinner when I get to school. I really should start bringing an apple or something instead. πŸ˜‰

  15. Heather Franqui

    I am a vegetable and fruit – aholic!!!!! So I am always looking for new recipes to use them! Thanks for everything that you do!!!!

  16. Theresa

    Yes I would Love to see more Paleo recipes I believe the food is so good. and good for you.

  17. Stacy

    My husband and I have been eating a paleo-ish diet for a few months now. Would love to see some recipe ideas on here! Thx!

  18. stephanie

    GOod for you!!!! Just found out 3 months ago I had gluten issues, which didn’t show up on the multiple tests my doctorSSSS have done for the past 7 years! Something that was supposed to be good for me was killing me! UGH! Amazing how much gluten/grains & processed food effect your body. I have found some great blogs that focus on healthy deals:
    moneysavingmom.com
    glutenfreelyfrugal.com
    Amazon is also a great resource. However, I am leery to buy the bulk products unless I have personally tried them. I have found that not all products appeal to all people.
    Here is to fantastic health for all & more info on “good for you” deals.
    Thanks for everything!

  19. Mrspurple

    Has anyone switched from a clean, healthy diet that includes whole grains (and no junk) to a paleo diet and noticed any difference? I know unhealthy starches can “weigh” one down (pun intended πŸ™‚ ), but I was just wondering if someone who was already watching what they eat noticed a difference. I was thinking of trying out Paleo for a little with my husband to shed some pounds (after all, if I ditch my fave sweets I should prolly loose some lbs), and then switching to a healthy balanced diet with lots of veggies but with whole grains as well. Either way, I like the idea of this recipe section, I think it would be great for you to keep doing it!

    • Brenda

      My husband did the Paleo diet exclusively and along with exercise and he lost weight really quick. He did have to had some grains and dairy back into his diet though. He was continuing to loose weight and he already passed his goal weight. So he was starting to look and feel unhealthy. But he also runs over 100 miles every month. Hope it helps.

    • Hellosmile

      Since my boyfriend and I have switched to whole grains, I definitely notice a difference in my health (and he does in his). We also cut meat, I eat very little meat (if any), while he occasionally eats cagefree chicken. That, too, has made a MAJOR difference. A GREAT resource for easy, healthy recipes your kids will love is happyherbivore.com ; she focuses on plant based foods, and strives for no added oils or sugars.

      • Hellosmile

        Oh, and we switched to Soy butter ( earth balance brand) and almond milk! I suggest watching the film “Forks Over Knives” if you can. It’s available on DVD or Netflix streaming.

    • terri

      Please everyone, it’s “lose” not “loose”…please! I really don’t spellcheck or write, but this one is my peet peeve and it’s almost always spelled wrong…thank you

      • Brenda

        I know how to spell it and these difference…thanks. It’s called fat fingering it.

        • terri

          Hi Brenda…I was worried people might yell at me for writing it, but that one is always spelled wrong everywhere..watch, you’ll see it! I make spelling mistakes all the time, but I really do think with this one, many people just don’t know..anyway, thanks for not yelling at me (and my peeve)..

          • Brenda

            Mine is the word frustrating. I cringe when ppl say “fustrating” We all have our pet peeves.

      • Mrspurple

        Hahaha, I saw your post and was thinking, yeah… such a pet peeve of mine, lose/loose, (along with congratulations with a d, and desert/dessert…..) then I looked at my post and hahaha I had two o’s, loose, you were talking to me!!!! It will teach me to have patience with other people’s mispellings (lol, jk, misspellings….) Typos happen, and even when they aren’t typos, no one is perfect lol.

    • sara

      My husband and I follow the clean eating/ south beach diet since I love dairy. Cant give up my cheese! Its basically the paleo diet with low fat cheese and whole grains added. We also try to eat lots and lots of organics. The cost is more but the health benefits outweigh the price in the long run. I would love to see more recipes like this Collin. Its easy with couponing to get caught up in just getting what is cheap or free so I think its great that you are posting healthy, simple recipes.

  20. Jessica Thoel

    SUPER IMPRESSED! I don’t know if I could every give up grain and dairy, but just the simple idea of eating better. Who doesn’t need the extra energy!

    Keep it up, and PLEASE post like this whenever you feel like it! I really appreciated knowing that other people revert to the frozen pizza every once in awhile as well!

  21. Jesse

    This recipe looks amazing. I’ve never tried squash (yes, I am a 32 year old with the picky eating habits of a 3 year old- ha!) but this recipe makes me want to try it! yum!

    I hate people who tell other people what to do, but I will say that if you have digestion issues, however minor they seem, it never, ever hurts to see a gastrointestinologist (GI) doctor. I wish I had years ago. When I was 25 I did the South Beach diet (no bread at all for me) and felt AMAZING, and looking back, that was because I was an undiagnosed celiac disease who went gluten free for the first time for a month. That means I had 5 years of celiac disease without knowing it, doing damage to my intestines (celiac leads to cancer). I chalked all my symptoms up to stress, getting older, you name it.
    Never hurts to err on the safe side is all- I wish someone had said “take these things that seem small, more seriously” back then!
    Thanks for bringing back “Cooking with Collin” too πŸ™‚

  22. johnna D.

    Ok, I want to know your secret in HOW YOU CUT up that squash? I swear it qualifies for exercise, as it takes me 15 minutes to get that baby cut open!!! And I have very nice knives!! What’s your secret??

    • Collin (Mrs. Hip)

      A great knife and some muscle power from my hubby! πŸ˜‰

      • Heather

        And my Whole Foods and Trader Joes often sell butternut squash already cut into chunks! πŸ™‚ A life saver!

        • johnna D.

          Heather, thank you…you are so lucky to have Trader Joes and Whole Foods! I’m jealous!! We have Whole Foods, it’s almost and hour away – yet I still occasionally visit and they also carry butternut squash cut into chunks but we are growing as much food as we can in our garden this year….we’ll see how it goes :-). Thanks again

      • johnna D.

        Well I have both of those Collin πŸ™‚ so I guess I better start using the Hubby Muscle
        :-)…the knife and I are not cutting it :-).

        We plan to grow more in the garden this year in squash area – started trying different squash this past year and LOVE IT…believe it or not I am almost 45 and last year was my first time EVER eating any squash other than the typical yellow and Zucchini.

        • bali

          Here’s a trick to make the peeling easier (which I used to hate): Cut the squash in half lengthwise (still need some muscle power and a big knife for that one), scrape out the seeds and nuke it in the microwave in one-minute increments until slightly softened. Wait till cool enough to handle, and now it’s SO much easier to slice, peel and dice with a good paring knife!

  23. Casey Russo

    more recipes, please!

  24. Pamela

    This dinner sounds great!
    I can’t believe YOU have more energy though! πŸ™‚

  25. Shannon

    I would love for you to share your paleo recipes..thanks!

  26. Nikki

    Good for you Collin!!! I have found myself not in the mood to cook lately to and hate feeding my family the packaged convience foods. I would love to see more recipes. It’s great to know that you have tried them and your family likes them.

  27. Chrisb

    Great!! Looking forward to this. Just started a gluten free lifestyle myself due to digestion, migraines among other issues. Love cooking with Collin : )

    • heather

      Is gluten a migraine triggeror ?

      • stephanie

        Gluten or wheat CAN be responsible for a huge ton of health issues. From a headache to thyroid problems to full blown autoimmune disorders. You need to check with your doctor, see a good GI doc (who knows about gluten issues – not all do) and do your homework.

      • robyn

        @heather it is for me. we’re grain free (i have celiac and hashimotos (thyroiditis)- both autoimmune) and although i avoid gluten and other grains if i get any bit of gluten (mistakenly) i immediately get a horrible headache and shortly after my stomach cringes…my stomach pain is terrible…feels like my appendix is bursting all over again. for me it takes several weeks to clear the gluten out of my system.

  28. Melissa

    Is your whole family following the no dairy & no grains diet? I ask this because I would have NO IDEA what to pack for my kids lunch! They take a whole wheat sandwich and yogurt almost every day.

  29. Becky

    This looks delicious. Thanks for sharing! Oh – and I absolutely love reading your posts. You write just like you talk! Thanks for your transparency!

  30. Tara

    We’ve been paleo/primal since September, and it’s literally changed our lives! My stomach issues? Gone. Husband’s blood pressure? now normal! Both of our cholesterol numbers? now normal! Energy? up Mood? More level/happy

    Paleo is the way to go:-)

  31. liz

    I have been paleo for 6 months and will never go back! I also do cross fit and it is amazing! Colin I would love some tips on paleo budget ideas and how to still get good deals at the store. I will admit I have dropped out of the coupon circuit since becoming primal, but have a renewed interest in your site now. It is my dream come true for a paleo couponer!!! can’t wait for more

    • lizette

      I’ve also dropped out of couponland since becoming paleo, mainly because well, there just don’t seem to be any coupons for paleo-friendly food. Glad to see I’m not the only one that’s had a problem with this.

  32. Ann Dee

    Collin, you crack me up. I love that you feel comfortable enough to share some personal issues here on your site. I think I might have to try this diet out. I like that I can still eat some bacon! HA! And I need to eat more veggies. Fruit is easy. (And I might as well admit that I, too, have been having more digestive issues the older I get. And I’m only 32 dang it!)

    Anyway, roasted vegetables is my new favorite. IT’S EASY!!!! Put lots of veggies in a big roasting pan. I always include potatoes. Then sometimes yams or cubed butternut. Bell peppers, eggplant is good (peeled), mushrooms (adds a meaty flavor), onion wedges. Then I put in about 3 cloves of minced garlic, drizzle olive oil and balsamic vinegar over the whole thing, sprinkle on some rosemary (fresh or dry) and pepper, then sprinkle generously with salt. I bake them at 375-400 for close to 2 hours, stirring occasionally, til the potatoes are tender. I am going to try out other veggies in the future. Anyway, enjoy!!!!

    • Jodi

      A mix my family loves is sweet potato, red onion, red bell peppers and zucchini and yellow squash. I don’t add balsamic to mine, but that sounds yummy, too!

  33. Mona

    I started eating the paleo/primal way at the beginning of this year and have lost 5lbs so far and all from just removing grains and sugar! I sleep better and also don’t suffer from foggy brain anymore. A great idea for a snack is to whip up omelet muffins for the week and heat as needed. Highly recommend this soup too. It tastes like baked potato soup: http://www.genaw.com/lowcarb/cauliflower_bisque.html

  34. April

    Thanks Colin! I’m on a similar diet due to digestion issues and lack of energy. I have been having a really hard time sticking with it. The worst is no sugar(chocolate)! I have never been a big veggie eater either so I really don’t even know what to do with them. My go to meals have been chicken faj. and chicken salad. Thanks for adding another to my list!

  35. Kelly

    Hi Colin! I took a 2 month sabbatical from the gym/working out/ eating well to take care of my dog after he went through a very traumatic surgery. I just want to thank you so much for posting this diet on your blog. It couldn’t have come at a better time. I re-started my workout this past Sunday and I believe the PP will help me get my energy back and get me back to my old self. Thank you again for this. It makes me feel motivated!

  36. Christie

    Collin…Sign of a true friendship…sharing stories about your constipation! πŸ™‚

    Thank you for making me laugh! Ur the best! πŸ™‚

  37. spifftiff88

    I love seeing these posts

  38. Lisa

    Hi, Colin, I would love to see more recipes and ideas on the Paleo Diet. It sounds like a great way of eating healthier. Please keep sharing. Thanks Colin for such an all around site.

  39. Bonnie

    Collin you are so awesome! I read the book wheatbelly during Christmas and I have gone grain free/ primal since dec 27th. I feel amazing, I have thyroid and psoriasis issues as wll as digestive issues that are all improving dramatically. I have lost 7 pounds so far and have found a new love for cooking. One of the most amazing things that has happened is that I am spending more quality time in the kitchen with my kids. They love to hear what’s on the menu for the day and help me cook it. I have gone from an “eat out all the time” “frozen pizza” kind of girl, to a “I’m making my own paleo mayo and ranch dressing” kind of girl. I have found too, that my sugar cravings have all but disapeared. My biggest issue has been what to put in my coffee, so I am sticking to half and half and some coconut sugar for now. Another great book to read is “The Primal Blueprint” by Mark Sisson, it is so thorough. I have to admit my kids do not want to give up their oatmeal, but they are getting used to the idea that we don’t have any bread. They roll up gluten free lunchmeat with avacado slices for lunch or something else similar. We are saving our money right now to purchase a 1/4 grass fed beef. It will actually save me alot of money in the long run even though it is a huge purchase. It is only $3 a pound cut and wrapped for steaks, roasts, and ground beef. Oh and by the way I work 40-50 hrs a week and have managed this so far, with the some good planning anyone can do this. Sorry about the novel, I am just so excited to see my absolute favorite coupon site get on the primal bandwagon. It really is a health revolution. Thanks Collin!!!!

    • annie

      Bonnie,
      Kroger has a coconut milk french vanilla “creamer” for the coffee.
      My husband usually takes cream and sugar, but this is sweet enough for him as it is.

  40. annie

    O, my Gosh, I was so excited when I read this post. My husband and I have just started eating a Paleo diet. I have been doing a lot of research on diet related to Ulcerative Colitis/Crohns disease (which my husband has suffered from for the last 15 years). Due to the severity & frequency of the most recent few flare ups, (hospitalized anywhere from 2 – 4 weeks), and not being able to get off steroids for 12 YEARS, I have become very intense in trying to research a solution to his problem, or something that will possibly lessen the severity. Lasts week, I came across the paleo diet, and read numerous testimonies of how it helped in UC/crohns. I was skeptical that my husband would give it a try. (He likes very few veges, and loves his grains, and dairy …lots of milk, cheese, and ice cream).
    But after reading him several of the testimonies, and explaining it to him, He agreed we would both give it a try. I have always struggled with weight issues, and have high BP, & cholesterol. After only doing this for 4 days so far, we already are “feeling” better. No more bloated feeling after every meal, & we feel more energetic. I am looking forward to seeing the changes that we both will see.
    Right now we agreed to give it a try for 30 days, and see how we feel, but I believe this is something we will stick to for life. We are so excited about this…
    Thank you Collin for this post, and for all you do to make this a site so many benefit from. I’m looking forward to more recipes that are shared.

  41. Susan

    My husband makes apple squash by cubing (or dicing) apples and a butternut squash. Cook it down on the stovetop and mash to get to a applesauce consistency. The combo is delish and add a little brown sugar and it’s so yummy!

  42. Meghan

    Yes, please! More recipes like this would be great!

  43. Rana Davis

    I too have adopted the Paleo lifestyle. I started this Jan 2 and have to say, this is the best I’ve felt in years! I have a lot more energy, and have really enjoyed experimenting with new recipes etc. Butternut squash is my absolute fav!! I had it last night, baked with olive oil and sprinkled with sea salt! SOOO good! Collin, I would love to see more recipes like this in the future! Thanks for all you do!

  44. Jodi

    I love when you post recipes! I regularly make the sweet and sour chicken you posted (your sister’s friend’s recipe)!

  45. Tina F.

    Awsome I was stumped what to make for dinner tonight and I have just about everything here, yay, Thanks Collin!!

  46. Sunshine Saver

    More recipes please Collin! Always love to try new things…especially on the girls!lol

  47. Twila

    Could you make this printer friendly? It looks great! I do Atkins.

  48. Mae

    I research not only coupons and deals, but nutrition as well. Here’s some food for thought:

    The human body is programmed to run on authentic fuel. Whenever possible, buy real food. Two of the biggest assaults on digestive health are too little dietary fiber and too many refined foods. A lot of foods [including organic] today in the US contain high residues of toxins as the FDA is actually being controlled by the rich. Most people think there isn’t much we can do about the toxins that inevitably enter our system even from the simple function of breathing. Actually, beans are one of the best combats from unavoidable pollution from air and consumables as are green tea, nori (chlorella) etc.

    Garlic fights unwanted bacteria while aiding digestion. And breads made from sprouted grains are more easily absorbed than their conventional counter parts.

    Chamomile, fennel, ginger, papaya and peppermint also support digestion.

    Thanks for the recipe (+ Food Talk!) Hip2Save.

    • Mae

      Afterthought:
      Hey I noticed that you made a drink with stevia and sparkling water…

      Did you know there is a HOT deal on a soda made with stevia ending today @ Whole Foods Market, that includes ginger which is an awesome herb good for digestion?

      Buy (2) Zevia Soda 6 pk @ $3.50 ($7.00)
      Use (2) $3/1 coupon from 1/29 SS insert
      Use (1) $2.50/2 Whole Foods Coupon (expires 1/31!)
      FREE +$1.50 Money Maker after coupons

  49. anna

    I can’t wait to see more Paleo/Primal recipes. I started last month and have lost 15lbs so far. It has been amazing! I bought a jar of coconut oil, but I have not used it cause it did not know what to do, but now I do!!! But I am also Kosher only, so no bacon for me! Still great. Thanks.

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